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The latest survey on Information Technology in schools shows that 94% of secondary pupils and virtually all primary...
The latest survey on Information Technology in schools shows that 94% of secondary pupils and virtually all primary pupils have had `hands on' experience of desk-top computers.

'We are world leaders in IT at schools, recognising its vital importance to the future of all pupils. The figures published today show clearly the advances we have made in the field,' said education minister Eric Forth.

'It is an investment, not only in our individual children and their lives in the 21st century but in our country's future as well.'

The bulletin gives statistics for special schools for the first time and pinpoints the fact that IT provision, use and contribution to the curriculum keeps on growing.

Key points made in the Statistical Bulletin on IT are:

- The number of micro-computers in both primary and secondary schools have increased. Primary: 10 micros per school in 1993/94 compared to 7 in 1991/92. Secondary: 85 micros per school in 93/94 compared to 58 in 91/92. Special schools: in 93/94 15 micros per school

- Fewer children are now having to share one computer. Primary: on average 18 pupils per micro in 93/94 against 25 pupils in 91/92. Secondary:on average 10 pupils per micro in 93/94 compared to 13 in 91/92. Special schools:on average 5 pupils per micro in 93/94.

- Average expenditure on IT equipment has increased. Primary: £5,650 per school in 93/94 compared with £2,600 per school in 91/92. Secondary:£23,950 per school in 93/94 compared with £15,450 in 1991/92. Special schools: £3,950 per school in 93/94.

- Nationally £106m was spent on IT equipment in primary schools during 93/94 and £87m in secondary schools. Special schools: £5m in 93/94.

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